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The ongoing drought has caused dramatic drops in water levels at Cheney Lake and in the Equus Beds aquifer. That has Wichita officials talking about possible restrictions on water use later this year.
The city's public works director, Alan King, said there is enough water to meet current demands, but after two years of severe drought, the city is looking at long-term issues. He said options include conservation measures, restrictions on outdoor watering and ways to enhance the city's water supplies by making improvements in well fields.
King said he will have some options for the city council to consider at a workshop meeting scheduled for Feb. 26. It will be up to the city council to decide what the next steps would be.